Australia’s population growth slowed, official says

By Ben EdwardsThe population of Australia’s states is expected to grow by 1.7 million in the year to 2020, a slowdown from the 4.4 million expected for 2021, the Bureau of Statistics said on Friday.

The number of people living in metropolitan Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra fell for the first time since 2000, and Perth’s population rose by 1 per cent, the bureau said.

It’s been about 1 million since Australia’s last census in 2012, and the bureau says it is on track to reach its 2020 target of 1.8 million by 2031.

Australia has more people living overseas than any other country, with about 1.5 million of them living overseas, according to the bureau.

The latest Census estimates put Australia’s overseas population at around 7.3 million, down from about 8.4 in the 2020 census.